Call for Papers: JUA Special Issue on Promoting Social Justice and Equity in Shrinking Cities

Special Issue: Promoting Social Justice and Equity in Shrinking Cities

Guest Editor: Robert Mark Silverman

Submission Deadlines:

Abstracts – December 19, 2016

Full Manuscripts – May 15, 2017

There is an expanding body of scholarship focusing on shrinking cities. The phenomenon is global, with notable examples in Europe, North America, Asia, and other parts of the world. Past research has examined shrinking cities in reference to spatial patterns, demographic shifts, deindustrialization, governance, and urban policy. There is also growing literature focused on the theoretical underpinnings of shrinking cities which questions the salience of existing urban growth paradigms. A common, but underdeveloped, thread in the literature on shrinking cities involves the challenges of promoting social justice and equity. Paradoxically, there is a tendency for society’s most vulnerable groups to be concentrated in shrinking cities, while many policies adopted to promote revitalization in these places fail to address the pressing needs of the poor, aging, and dispossessed. Instead, efforts to revitalize shrinking cities mirror societal trends toward increased social and class polarization that have come to characterize urbanization in the neoliberal era.

The goal of this special issue of the Journal of Urban Affairs (JUA), is to reframe the discussion of shrinking cities, placing an emphasis on the analysis of policies to promote social justice and equity. The special issue will include a mix of manuscripts that appeal to the JUA’s growing global readership. Submissions that critically examine urban policy and governance in shrinking cities with a particular focus on approaches to urban revitalization that embrace redistributive justice are sought. Within this framework, empirical and theoretical papers are welcome that focus on challenges shrinking cities face related to:

  • affordable housing
  • education
  • social welfare policy
  • public safety and policing
  • environment and public health
  • neighborhood revitalization
  • community organizing and empowerment
  • race and ethnic relations

To be considered for publication in this special issue, abstracts (150 words) should be submitted to juashrinkingcities@gmail.com by December 19, 2016. Include a proposed title and contact information for the corresponding author with the abstract. Manuscripts invited for submission are due by May 15, 2017. All manuscripts invited for submission will go through the regular journal review process. Please follow the JUA Author Guidelines: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/%28ISSN%291467-9906/homepage/ForAuthors.html.

Call for Papers: JUA Special Issue on Refugees and the City

By 2030 more than 60% of the world population is projected to live in urban areas. The urbanized world of the future promises to be more diverse but also more unequal both in terms of population distribution as well as the distribution of resources and opportunities.  In addition to the rural-to-urban migration that is shaping the spatial distribution of cities, political upheavals, armed conflicts and climate change are adding a new stream of migrants to cities as they try to escape the danger and deprivations of home communities. Some cities welcome newcomers and see them as potential resources for future development. Others see them as a threat and try to limit their access to city services and opportunities.

A special issue of the Journal of Urban Affairs will deal with challenges and opportunities created by the “refugee crisis.” We are calling for papers that address city government responses to refugee presence as well as the responses by other actors such as, business, civic, ethnic, and religious leaders and organizations, including social service agencies, neighborhood groups and ordinary citizens. Also, we are looking for papers that address issues about how the arrival of refugees affects the education, economy, and culture and consumption of cities. If you are interested in submitting to this special issue, please contact Gordana Rabrenovic at g.rabrenovic@northeastern.edu or Nihad Bunar at nihad.bunar@buv.su.se.

Deadline March 31, 2017

Call for Papers: JUA Special Issue on Actioning the Progressive City

Guest Editors: Ronald K. Vogel and Meghan Joy
Submission Deadline: March 31, 2017

There is a serious gap between the problems faced by 21st century cities and their proposed solutions, which are often small-scale, siloed and unsustainable. Paradoxically, as cities face the pressures of poverty, unemployment, social and physical infrastructure degradation, and pollution, they are being lauded by other scales of government for their resilience and innovation in solving wicked problems.  Critical urban theory and study highlights the failures and inadequacies of current neoliberal urban policy and austerity programs. The tension between problems, solutions, and expectations in status quo urban policy making begs the question: is there a progressive alternative for cities that promotes equity, democracy, sustainability, and justice? It is now time for scholars to move beyond critiques of neoliberalism to offer a better future for those who live and work in the city.

In this special issue of the Journal of Urban Affairs, we welcome both conceptual and case-focused submissions that examine how to define, build, and action a progressive city in the 21st century. We recognize that the experience of cities in the global south as well as the north offer theoretical insights and practical policy solutions that may move a progressive city agenda forward. We welcome papers that focus on:
  • the values and principles that define a progressive city;
  • how to support progressive leadership, movements, and coalitions to become full-fledged political alternatives;
  • progressive policy visions, agendas, and action plans; and
  • the institutional arrangements required to anchor or nurture a progressive city.
To be considered for publication in this special issue, papers should be submitted to ron.vogel@politics.ryerson.ca.  All submissions will go through the regular journal review process.  Please follow the JUA Author Guidelines which can be found at: